An afternoon on Tybee Island

Island life, what could be better? The drive out to Tybee Island alone is worth the visit. Scenic wetlands as far as the eye can stretch, such a very beautiful sight to see.

tybee_island_georgiaOur first stop on the island was Fort Pulaski National Monument [U.S. 80, Savannah, GA 31410]. Entrance fee is $7 per person, but if you have the America the Beautiful pass you can get in for free. The park ranger handed us a map and told us the last cannon firing was coming up. Cannon firing? Bonus! I didn’t even know there was going to be one. So we got down to the fort, parked, and scurried over the moat.

fort_pulaski_There was a glorious gilded cannon sitting in the field, front and center.

fort_pulaskiWe chatted with a volunteer dressed in period clothing, who answered questions for the group and explained the history of the Civil War fort. When the time was ready everyone was told to stand back, plug their ears, and ba-BOOM.

fort_pulaski_national_monument_The gun crew fired off two cannons, to everyone’s delight. After the display we were free to explore the depths of the fort.

fort_pulaski_national_monument_2Informational signage was plentiful.

fort_pulaski_national_monument_1A really neat feature was the ability to climb the walls of the fort.

fort_pulaski_national_monumentYou get spectacular views of inside of the fort and out over the surrounding land. There are hiking trails accessible from the fort, including one that overlooks the Cockspur Island Lighthouse.

After our exploration of the fort we headed into town and made a quick pit stop at the Fish Art Gallery [1207 US-80, Tybee Island, GA 31328], a real roadside attraction.

fish_art_gallery_tybee_island_Art and doo-dads are for sale, but really it’s just a crazy place to witness. Then we were off to Savannah Beach. We pulled down a side road and paid for parking. Walked over the boardwalk and onto the sand. It was that easy.

savannah_beach_tybee_islandThe beach stretches for quite some length. On a windy day we chose to sit up on the swings beside the dunes instead of laying on the sand. We looked out to the popular pier, and watched for dolphins. It was a perfectly relaxing way to spend the rest of our afternoon on Tybee.

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